Carcass bassist Jeff Walker has denied rumours that the band are on the verge of splitting up and that guitarist Bill Steer has left the band.
Rumour spread when a story appeared in a Swedish newspaper boasting comments Steer had made to a Swedish journalist at Donington this year to the effect that he was fed up with waiting for the band's new album to be released and felt that they were going nowhere musically.
Speaking from his Liverpool home, Walker denied any split, saying that there was "no gossip", and that any comments made by Steer were the result of "band blues" due to the fact that they have been left twiddling their thumbs while their record label, Columbia, stalls on releasing the band's long awaited follow-up to 'Heartwork'.
"The record will come out, but whether it's on Sony remains to be seen," commented Walker. "I'm 100 per cent happy with the LP, which has been slated for release next January."
The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and Battery Studios in London, and was originally scheduled for a release this October.
"It's boring and irritating," says Walker of the complications surrounding the album's release. The problem seems to have arisen from personnel changes at the band's American label, Columbia, to whom they are actually signed. On top of that, the label have also dropped many of the heavy metal acts on their roster, leaving just Alice In Chains, Corrosion Of Conformity and Carcass, the latter being in the awkward position of being a British band on a major US label.